SCinet's Xnet (eXtreme Net) is celebrating its ten year anniversary providing a venue to showcase emerging, often pre-commercial or pre-competitive, developmental networking technologies, protocols and experimental networking applications.
SCinet has evolved into a robust, high-performance, production-quality network that exhibitors and attendees depend on for reliable local area and wide area network services. Consequently, it has become increasingly difficult for SCinet to showcase cutting edge, potentially fragile technology. Xnet provides a venue that is by definition cutting-edge, pre-standard and in which fragility is understood and accepted. Xnet enables its participants and research exhibitors an opportunity to showcase emerging, prototype or experimental network gear or capabilities, prior to their general commercial availability in a fault tolerant (forgiving) environment.
Xnet debuted 10 years ago in Portland, Oregon at SC99, where Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology was used in the implementation of OC-48 SONET rings on the conference exhibit floor. At SC2000, Xnet demonstrated pre-production and early delivery 10-Gigabit Ethernet equipment connecting several exhibit floor booths. Since then, Xnet has showcased many advanced optical switching technologies as well as international, multi-domain control plane manipulation, routed Infiniband, and high speed point to point wireless transmission. At SC08 next generation international video multicast over all optical infrastructure was a key application featured in Xnet, as was long reach 100g Optical transmission systems.
Xnet participant demonstrations gain access to valuable SCinet bandwidth and consultation with International experts, special conference-wide visibility at SC with references in event literature, on-site signage, directional signs to pinpoint the locations of the demonstration, and in some instances even include complimentary exhibit space and network connectivity.
Selections for SC09 are underway and this year's Xnet will once again prove to be a cutting edge showcase.
Questions: Rod Wilson or Paul Love